Introduction To Trapping Class Set

Eric Stane, president and education coordinator of the Nebraska Fur Harvesters will be hosting an Introduction to Trapping class.

This class will be held at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center (44th and Superior) in Lincoln Nebraska.  The date is Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm.

Topics discussed will be a basic introduction to equipment, regulations, safety and techniques.

Registration is free and is open to the general public.  To sign up, contact Eric at ericnfh@gmail.com or register at https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/92424

 

 

NFH and Gary Macke Sponsoring Kids Fur Raffle

Gary Macke of Macke Fur and Hide, Royal, Nebraska, will again be sponsoring his Kids Fur Raffle.

The raffle is open to all kids ages 16 and under.  All they need to do is get a finished fur (or furs) to Gary by February 1st, 2017.  Gary is a fur buyer and the NAFA agent for Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming and will be making scheduled rounds around the state (find the schedule here)

All the proceeds from the sale of the fur will be used as prizes.  50% of the money will be paid out to three winners drawn from the pool of contributors.  The other 50% of the money will be used to buy prizes to be given to the remaining participants.

If you need help getting a fur finished (skinned, fleshed and dried) you can contact the following people to help you:

Dave Hastings, Lemoyne, Nebraska:  (308) 355-2439
Eric Stane, Springfield, Nebraska:  (402) 658-8012

If you are interested in helping finish fur for a kid who doesn’t have a way to do it, please contact us at nebraskafurharvesters@gmail.com.

If you can’t find anyone to help, contact us and we will find someone to help you get your fur finished.

You can contact Gary at (402) 394-8117.

 

Big Win For Trappers In Montana, Kansas, and Indiana

Beneath the hype of the presidential elections there were some key issues on ballots in other states that affect us as trappers.

Montana has defeated Initiative 177, which would prohibit trapping on public land.  To us in Nebraska, when we think public land, we think pheasant grass and duck marshes on 160 acre plots.  In Montana, public land consists of 1/3rd the state, over 30 million acres!  Initiative 177 was defeated soundly in Montana by a 64% to 36% vote.  The defeat of I-177 will allow Montana trappers to continue to utilize public ground for trapping.

I got in touch with Toby Walrath, president of the Montana Trapper’s Association.  He had this to say about the victory:   “Montana Trappers have won a major victory in protecting our rights to trap on public lands.  The Montana Trappers Association is grateful for the outpouring of time and money spent by individuals and organizations from all over the country in supporting  our efforts to defeat an initiative that threatened our way of life.”

Indiana and Kansas both had ballot issues which would make hunting, fishing, and trapping a constitutional right.  This would make it harder for the antis to get a foothold, as once it is amended to a state’s constitution as a right, it is harder to take away a citizen’s right to do something.  Both of these issues were soundly passed with Kansas voting 81% and Indiana voting 78% in favor.

Playing “what if” is pure speculation. But it stands to reason that without the financial help of the Sportsman’s Alliance, National Trappers Association, the Furtakers of America, and numerous state trapping associations (including Nebraska) and the many individual contributions, to Montana, the Montana initiative would have passed.

Your membership dollars were put to good use, to preserve our way of life.  Remember to join your local state trappers association, the NTA,  FTA, and Sportsmans Alliance.

— Mark Hajny, Clay Center, Nebraska